These Are China's Favourite Homegrown Mobile Games

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Mobile games in China are huge — heck, they're huge everywhere in the world. However, China is probably the only place in the world where the number of players of mobile games will overtake the United States' whole population.

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According to a report by Nico Partners, China's mobile game userbase will top the US population in 2014. This rise of mobile gamers in China can be attributed to a number of factors — growing number of mobile games, growing smartphone sales among many others.

While China's mobile game market is growing, many of the top games are titles familiar to international audiences, such as Angry Birds, Temple Run and the like. So instead of taking a look at just the top mobile games in China, let's do a roundup of the best Chinese mobile games that the Chinese are playing right now.

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Note: The following games are iOS only simply because there are too many Android App Stores in China. Some of these games are also available on Android. These games are in no particular order.

  1. 我叫MT [Call Me MT Online]
    Publisher: Locojoy Ltd.
    Genre: Card Battler
    Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Call Me MT Online is currently the top grossing game on the iTunes game store in China. An online mobile card battler, CMMTOL allows the player to collect upwards of 600 different character cards to do battle against other players over the internet. Based off an extremely popular internet cartoon, this card battler isn't exactly the same as say a Yu-Gi-Oh! or a Magic the Gathering, instead it plays more like a Final Fantasy game with each card having a particular role, from attacking to healing.

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  1. 泡泡大作战 2 [Giant Bubble Battle 2]
    Publisher: Yuan Huan
    Genre: Action
    Price: $0.99 with in-app purchases
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Giant Bubble Battle 2 is exactly what it looks like — it's a Bomberman-type clone for mobile devices. There isn't much to be said about it except that it's a Bomberman-esque game on mobile.

  1. 陌陌泡泡兔 [ Stranger Bubble Rabbit]
    Publisher: Yan Tang
    Genre: Puzzle Shooter
    Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Stranger Bubble Rabbit, like Giant Bubble Battle 2, takes an existing game type and runs with it. In this case, the game type is a bubble shooter. However, what sets SBR apart is that itis part of the Chinese social networking application Mo Mo[陌陌]. Mo Mo is a location-based app where strangers can send other strangers greetings. With SBR integrated into its application, Mo Mo now also allows strangers to share game scores with each other.

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  1. 欢乐斗地主 [Happy Landlord Battle]
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Card Game
    Price: Free with in-app purchases
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A digital version of one of China's most popular card games, Happy Landlord Battle is consistently one of the most popular games in China. The focus of the game is very similar to the card game War, where each player tries to draw or put out a hand that is larger than the other. In Landlord Battle, the rules are different but the concept is the same. Happy Landlord Battle just takes the card game and adapts it for the mobile platform.

  1. 天天酷跑 [Daily Cool Running]
    Publisher: Tencent
    Genre: Side-scrolling Infinite Runner
    Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Tencent's take on games like JetPack Joyride is surprisingly cute. While Daily Cool Running doesn't change the formula very much, it does add unicorns, guns and customizable characters.

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Top Photo: 我叫MT
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Jeremy Blum

Ah, mobile gaming in China... I think it's natural that smartphone gaming would become huge in China - the country missed out on the console games that the rest of the world grew up with, so iPhones and Samsung Galaxies are now picking up the slack and largely considered the route to go when it comes to easy electronic entertainment.

I just wish the majority of Chinese mobile (and online) games weren't plagued by unoriginal concepts and microtransactions. The Chinese gaming market is capable of some good stuff, and if you played The Legend of Sword and Fairy or any of the older Chinese/Taiwanese RPGs back in the day, then there's proof right there. But sadly these "real games" aren't the mainstream moneymakers, so instead we have Bomberman and Tetris clones that get popular because you're able to share your scores on Sina Weibo.

The same thing is happening in other countries like the US and Japan too, but it's especially noticeable in China.